Amicus Brief in Acuna v. Turkish
The Trinity Legal Center filed an amides brief in the Lacuna case, representing the  America
Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG); Sandra Cano, who was
"Mary Doe" in
Doe v. Bolton; and, Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), Caron Strong,
Director of our Women's Council on Abortion, and other women hurt by abortion. The brief
includes the following:

  • Arguments
  • Statement of interest of the Amici.
  • Sworn testimony of Priscilla Coleman, which cited 49 studies. Charts with summaries of
    the studies are in the appendix of the Brief.
  • Sworn testimony of Sandra Cano, who was "Mary Doe" in the Doe v. Bolton case.

Summary of the arguments in the Brief are as follows:

The New Jersey Court erred because the State should not endorse a physician giving
medically false information about the status of a woman’s unborn child as it interferes with her
constitutional right to decide whether to abort the child.

This Court has established that there cannot be a waiver of constitution right without a full
understanding of that right, and therefore, there was an infringement of Rosa Acuna's right to
decide to abort her child.

Failure to properly inform a woman puts her at risk of greater psychological harm, and
therefore, this Court should require that accurate and truthful information be given so that she
can make an intelligent and knowing decision concerning her constitutional rights.

Recent State Legislative findings demonstrate that there is serious physical, emotional, and
psychological harm to women who have had an abortion, and therefore, women should be fully

The real life experiences of post-abortive women and scientifically validated research
demonstrate that abortion hurts women physically and psychologically, and therefore, this
Court should require that full and accurate information be given to a woman prior to exercising
her right to decide.

Excerpts from Priscilla Coleman's Sworn Testimony

“Over the course of my professional career, I have spent approximately 18 years conducting
research, publishing the results of studies, analyzing the research of others, and performing
systematic reviews of the literature for publication in peer-review journals.  Based on the
research I have done, it is my opinion and  I can say with a reasonable degree of scientific and
medical certainty that abortion is a substantial contributing factor in women’s mental health
problems, including depression and increased risk of death from suicide, natural causes and
accidental injury.”
Scientific evidence accrued over the last two decades and published in leading peer review
journals in psychology and medicine indicates that abortion places women at an increased risk
for depression, suicidal ideation, suicide, and death in general. Other well established
psychological difficulties associated with abortion include anxiety and substance disorders.       
Women undergoing this procedure often report additional adverse consequences including
unrelenting feelings of regret, shame, guilt, bereavement/loss, and lowered self-esteem, Many
women withdraw from family and friends, become preoccupied with the abortion, and develop
a sense that their lives will never feel right again.
Furthermore, pre-abortion counseling and informed consent are key factors in post-abortion
difficulties. It is my opinion and research supports that when a women feels she was
misinformed or denied information, this precipitates post-abortion difficulties.
49 studies --Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D

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"Scientific evidence
accrued over the lst
two decades and
published in leading
peer review journals in
psychology and
medicine indicates that
abortion places women
at an increased risk for
depression, suicidal
ideation, suicidal
ideation, and death in